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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


PSHRE Mission Statement


Any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue with an emphasis on the importance of healthy relationships to human well-being, as the core learning within a PSHRE curriculum.

Taught with a spiral approach to learning, in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age appropriate stage through their school life, the programme includes science teaching about personal health, physical wellbeing, private parts of the body, growing bodies, puberty, periods, life cycles and where babies come from. It also includes sessions on basic first aid, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. The entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God.



Science within PSHRE


Several science curriculum objectives are covered additionally through the teaching of RSE. Pupils will...


Key Stage 1:

Be introduced to the process of reproduction and growth in animals. They will be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.


Key Stage 2:

Be taught about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and sexual reproduction in animals. Pupils will look at the stages in the growth and development of humans and the changes experienced in puberty.


There are also science curriculum links to the RSE objectives. We aim for children to...


Develop the following attitudes and virtues:

  • reverence for the gift of human sexuality and fertility
  • joy in the goodness of the created world and their own bodily natures
  • responsibility for their own actions


Develop the following personal and social skills:

  • assessing risks and managing behaviours in order to minimise the risk to health and personal integrity


Know and understand:

  • the physical and psychological changes that accompany puberty


The proposed content of each module for each Key Stage can be found in the Relationship and Education Curriculum Outline Document below. 



Workshops offered throughout the year:

  • Community Police
  • Wasted - Anti Drugs, Alcohol, Tabaco workshop (Year 6)
  • QPR Keeping Healthy – 6 week programme
  • Life Education Bus
  • Assemblies